Atlantic City protest against African-American businesses draws diversity

The protest at Fish Heads Seafood Restaurant in the Gardner’s Basin section of Atlantic City drew a diverse turnout, including New Jersey Assemblyman Don Guardian…who is also a former mayor of Atlantic City.

Assemblyman Guardian didn’t mince words during our interview:

“Dredgie has been a creative community leader and has operated the best fish sandwich truck in Gardners Basin for the past seven years,” the Guardian said.

“Who would we be throwing the only African American-owned business into the pool after 7 years? Since the state took over the pond 5 years ago, they’ve closed the aquarium, closed the marina, and now dumped the fish heads. How come they haven’t had a problem with The Flying Cloud for 25 years? said Guardian.

Others who have been shown to support Gregory “Dredgie” Wood and his Atlantic City establishment for 25 years include:

  • Atlantic City Councilwoman LaToya Dunston.
  • Atlantic City School Board member John Devlin.
  • Steve Young
  • John Exadaktilos, Owner, Duck Town Tavern and Liquors.
  • Tom Forkins
  • Joe Berg, Chief of Staff – Senator Vince Polistina, R-2.
  • Derek Broc

Fish Heads is the last African-American company still standing.

“I was amazed to see the solidarity of all neighborhoods in Atlantic City…coming together for a common purpose…supporting a good man with big business who is illegally targeted by the mayor and his cronies in an effort to mear or of retaliation,” Devlin said.

Longtime Atlantic City activist, former assistant Atlantic City attorney, and former Atlantic City Democratic chairman, Tom Forkin was on hand and said:

“Despite the sadness of seeing political reprisals taken against my friend of 30 years, Greg Wood (Dredgie); it was heartwarming to see dozens of community members (including MP Giardia) come out and support a local small business. The job of elected officials is to HELP small businesses not shut down,” Forkin said.

“Using the DEP and the State as an excuse to close Fishheads is baseless. As laws and ordinances can be changed. Now Fishheads joins the other 6 closed businesses and vacant buildings in Gardner Basin, another epic failure of Small, Murphy and state Democrats,” Forkin concluded.

In order not to be a distraction, former Atlantic City Council President Craig Callaway chose not to attend today’s protest… but he was not shy about expressing his strong opinions on the subject, saying:

“Just when we thought Marty (Mayor Small) couldn’t get any lower, he found a new low. Attacking a very honest man, a loving man, a caring man, Gregory “Dredgie” Wood who came in helps a family and a young boy who was violently and sexually assaulted by Marty and La’Quetta Small’s cousin, Kayan Frazier,” Callaway said.

Marty and La’Quetta had the opportunity to come to the aid, to the rescue of this child and other children in the Atlantic City area…but these morally, primarily and ethically bankrupt XXXXXXXX chose to protect themselves. themselves and their petty interests in the face of the unthinkable attacks on children for years and they have the audacity to say they did the right thing,” Callaway said.

“In reality, they did the opposite and now they are trying to mourn the victims when they are 100% the co-aggressors of our children! Dredgie is a hero and Small is minus zero!!! said Callaway.

What remains unknown at this time, will Dredgie Wood be removing his Fish Heads Restaurant truck from Gardners Basin by the end of today, as he was asked to do in an email received from the town of Atlantic City about 48 hours ago?

UPDATE: We have confirmed that the City of Atlantic City has now given Wood until Tuesday, May 3, 2022 to vacate its current location at Garder’s Basin.

We also learned that a number of influential people have reached out to New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy in an attempt to save Fish Heads from ruin.

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